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verb ap·point \ə-ˈpȯint\

Simple Definition of appoint

  • : to choose (someone) to have a particular job : to give (someone) a position or duty

  • : to decide or establish (something) in an official way

  • : to decide (the time or place at which something will happen or be done)

Full Definition of appoint

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to fix or set officially <appoint a trial date> b :  to name officially <will appoint her director of the program> c archaic :  arrange d :  to determine the disposition of (an estate) to someone by virtue of a power of appointment

  3. 2 :  to provide with complete and usually appropriate or elegant furnishings or equipment <a beautifully appointed room>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to exercise a power of appointment

Examples of appoint

  1. She was appointed professor of chemistry at the university.

  2. After his parents died, the boy's uncle was appointed as his guardian.

  3. Every year, the group appoints three new members.

  4. a committee appointed by Congress

  5. the company's newly appointed assistant director

Origin of appoint

Middle English, from Anglo-French appointer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + point point

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of appoint

furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function <a sparsely furnished apartment>. equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use <a fully equipped kitchen>. outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation <outfitted the family for a ski trip>. appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings <a lavishly appointed apartment>. accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity <fully accoutred members of a polar expedition>.

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APPOINT Defined for Kids


verb ap·point \ə-ˈpȯint\

Definition of appoint


  1. 1 :  to choose for some duty, job, or office <The school board appointed three new teachers.>

  2. 2 :  to decide on usually from a position of authority <The teacher appointed a time for our meeting.>

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